Mitch Evans set a headline-grabbing best time during second practice in Hong Kong, as he took his Panasonic Jaguar Racing entry to the top of the times in the final moments of the 30-minute session.
The Kiwi hustled his Jaguar I-Type to a best of 1:02.875 to head the pair of Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler cars of Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi.
Abt also set a late time to get within 0.2s of Evans’ best. Both times were set while Edoardo Mortara’s car was left stopped on the track under yellow flags.
Lucas di Grassi had initially underlined the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s pre-season billing as favorites as with reigning champion headeing the field for most of the session.
The Brazilian lapped in 1:03.166 with his Audi e-tron FE04 to lead his rivals in the final session before the all-important qualifying session. But both Evans and Abt’s times ensured Di Grassi placed third in the final order.
Oliver Turvey gave the NIO team cause for optimism as he placed fourth. The British driver headed Nick Heidfeld in his Mahindra M4Electro.
The pace setter in First Practice 1, Sebastien Buemi, placed only 19th in the second session.
This was largely due to an incident on his hot lap when he oversteered gently in to the barriers after just six minutes. Damage on his Renault Z.E.17 car was minimal however and he re-joined after pitting for checks to his suspension.
With the 20-car field simulating qualifying runs on 200kW and the track having cleaned up the pace was significantly quicker than the first session with Evans’ best proving to be 0.5s faster than Buemi’s Practice One best.
Unlike the first session, incidents were relatively few. Heidfeld shaved the Turn 10 wall on his 200kW lap and Maro Engel ran down the escape road at Turn 2, but there was no repeat of the multiple contacts with the walls during the 30-minute running.
Engel’s teammate Edoardo Mortara caused a yellow flags to fly in the final minutes when he stopped his Venturi VM200-FE with a problem at Turn 2.
Qualifying is due to take place at 11 a.m. local time.
RESULTS: Practice 2